Diamond Lake Trail

MODERATE 319 reviews
#1 of 109 trails in

Diamond Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District).

6 days ago

It was very icy when crossing the waterfalls and after the turnoff to the lake.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with a lot to see on the way. There was some bad weather rolling in, so I didn't get to explore as much as I would like to up at the lakes, so I'll definitely be going back.

Parking is terrible, and 4th of July Road is rough if you haven't been on it before. You definitely want a high clearance car to get to the TH. Would also be a great place to backpack.

8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

14 days ago

Beautiful hike! I loved the multiple small waterfalls and the lake was stunning! I’d recommend bringing spikes this time of year, as the last mile to the lake was icy. Also getting to the trail head was a bit rough.

hiking
15 days ago

nice, steady climb.

hiking
16 days ago

16 days ago

17 days ago

I think Sam Waters got lost on the way to the trailhead. The trail is stunning. Multiple waterfalls, crystal blue lake, gorgeous fall colors this time of year. And pending on your fitness level it can be a good workout for you. We do this trail several times each year, highly recommend!

18 days ago

Terrible joke of a hike.

18 days ago

Hiked it 9/3/17. Great hike. Took the shuttle to the trailhead BUT NOTE it is 4 more miles on a road from where the shuttle drops you off. We grabbed a ride with a vehicle for the 4 miles. Great hike. Not too difficult like a 14'er. Pleasant hike. About 5 hours total includes drive time w shuttle. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
23 days ago

Small parking area, so get there early! It took a while to hike up this consistent incline to the summit with the lake. But there were nice views and some small waterfalls along the way. The lake itself is a nice view and would also be a nice area to go back and camp at. Dog friendly on leash.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Road to the TH was bumpy but nothing unmanageable. You can definitely do it with 2WD. The first mile isn't bad, gets bumpier the last 4, expect to go 5-20mph.

On a Saturday at 1 PM Parking was limited but we did fine a spot on the road .2 miles from TH. Hiked to the lake in about 1.5 hours. GPS said 2 miles like signs say. Then we hiked back past the lake and up along the water falling down the mountain to middle diamond lake and the up past that to upper diamond lake. RT distance from beginning of lower
Diamond lake up to middle then upper and back was 3.5 miles. The middle lake was the prettiest is my opinion.

We did this hike on 9/16 and it wasn't very muddy and I would say it was light to moderately travelled. Hike to first lake was moderate and adding on the other two made the hike a hard, but not really hard, hike. Total hiking time was 4 hours, 35 minutes over 7.5 miles. Elevation at upper lake is 11,750.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago